Bedlington/whippet cross. Good mix?

(16 Posts)
teafan20 Wed 18-Sep-13 12:10:08

Dear Over the Fields are you still breeding beddlington whippets or do you know anyone who is? I have been looking for one for some time, but I am a bit wary of the ones advertised on epupz etc as some of the sellers seem a bit dodgy. Ideally I would like to get to know a breeder and the pup's parents first. I am prepared to wait for the right pup! Any advice would be very welcome.

OverTheFieldsAndFarAway Mon 29-Jul-13 17:56:15

I agree with The first paragraph of Booboos message and the second paragraph regarding mixed breeds in general but not in the case of a beddlington / whippet. It's a Lurcher, the result of crossing a sight hound ( be that a whippet, a greyhound, saluki or any of the sighthounds) with either a terrier or collie or both. This is done for a reason and is not a fad or a trend. They have been purpose bred this way for hundreds of years. Lurchers are a working( hunting) dog. The sight hound is used for, as its name suggests, it's sight. Terriers for their tenacity and fiery nature and Collies for their intelligence. I have owned and bred these dogs for twenty years, they make wonderful family pets, have brilliant constitutions and can only be beaten in my eyes by pure whippets.

blueblizz Mon 29-Jul-13 15:49:00

Hi. Me again... we live 30miles north London and these pups seem to be gold dust!! Go very quickly as lots breeders further north. Does any one know by wild chance anyone who breeds them or has a good natured bitch pup for sale? Can but ask!!!! Cheers folk.

Itscoldouthere Fri 26-Jul-13 21:49:59

Ha Ha yes those little legs, my boy looks like a funny piano stool when he gets his lower legs wet, it always makes me grin.

oldandcrabby Wed 24-Jul-13 23:11:15

Itscold, typical beddy/whippet, although your boy takes after the beddy side, telling off other dogs and playing racy chasies. I have a Bedlington too, and half the people we meet love the Bedlington, the other the beddy/cross. My cross breed girl is more whoosy and whippety, sticks close to me, does not swim but does go into the water after treats, did you know gravy bones float? She comes out of the river with her 'french maid' look, as if she is wearing black stockings grin.
OP if you are going for a pup, 10 weeks is a bit late, puppies absorb new experiences up to about 3 months. My girl came from a litter of 9, I would ask how big the litter was and what the gender mix was, if it was a big litter, the mother might have been exhausted and a bit withdrawn.
You need to cram in as many events as possible. If they have not had all their jabs, still give them experiences, you carry them and take them to experience as much as possible: train or bus stations, pub, markets, the underground, etc. It looks like we are in for some thunder storms: great a puppy who is not scared will keep that confidence. That is not to say that adopting a rescue is not possible, but you need to be aware that you don't know what socialisation he or she has had. It can be harder work, but you don't have to train from scratch: swings and roundabouts.

Itscoldouthere Wed 24-Jul-13 13:41:57

I have a bedlington/whippet and he is lovely.
I do think they are marmite dogs, some people just love him, we get stopped and talked to all the time, others think he is a scrawny, scraggy mess of a dog.
Mine is quite small and looks like his legs could snap off, but he's actually quite a tough little thing, he runs like the wind and tells off much bigger dogs if they pester him too much.
He loves other dogs and people, he's always trying to make friends.
We have a cat but the dog is slightly frightened of him as he's been swiped a few times but sometimes they have a bit of a play together.
Some of my dog friends love him as his favourite thing is being chased so he makes their dogs run after him, as he is so fast they never catch him so they end up having a really good run if he is around.
At home he's a bit of a couch potatoe and sleeps, usually on his back with legs in the air a real lurcher thing.
He is a terrier as well though, so he can be a bit barky, he digs holes in the garden and hides stuff.
He's not very good in the car and does lots of panting and his heart races sometimes he is sick, don't know if that's a bread thing or just him, he's also rather pathetic about getting wet, doesn't like swimming or the sea much will just about get his lower legs wet, if it starts raining he heads for home.
I think he is a very easy loveable dog, he loves cuddles and lies in my arms like a baby.... You can see I'm very attached to him smile

Booboostoo Wed 24-Jul-13 12:37:43

"out of interest" even!

Booboostoo Wed 24-Jul-13 12:36:30

No not a good sign at all. She sounds like a very shy puppy at that stage they should be happy to greet strangers, play with toys, etc.

You should also have a think about what age you want the puppy to be when you get it. Personally I like to have my puppies at 8wks so that I have the longest possible time to socialise them until the window closes at about 14wks. At 10wks if you pick her up in the next couple of weeks you will have missed out on most of the socialisation window of opportunity and if she is already a shy pup things could become difficult.

At of interest had the breeder screened the parents for all the diseases that are commonly controlled for both breeds?

blueblizz Wed 24-Jul-13 12:05:18

Saw dog today. She was with an active brother pup and mum was friendly and playful. The bitch we went to see was shy and didn't come to us or play. She was gentle but very quiet preferring to stay with breeders. She's only 10wks but not sure if this is good sign. Don't think she's for us as may take lots work socialising?breeders said bouncy enough usually but usually sleep around now. Love the cross though. Think go and try look at some others. Any opinions welcomed!!!

oldandcrabby Tue 23-Jul-13 12:19:06

I would second what booboo says, I already knew the breeder as I got my Bedlington from her. Her dogs were brought up with young children. She bred whippets as well and knew the cross resulted in delightful dogs. My cross is very sturdy, I do think many crosses have fewer health problems than over bred pedigrees.
Have a good talk with the breeder. I toyed with the idea of breeding from mine, because of her temprament, but she came from a litter of nine and I baulked at the idea of ensuring good homes for so many pups.

blueblizz Tue 23-Jul-13 11:21:12

Many thanks. Sounds positive. Yes the mum is there too see and they know her history. I'm expecting early oct and although we have always had a dog I've got to make sure it works as most people would'nt do new dog and baby understandably!! It's just this dog sounded suitable for us. We'll take a look and have a long think.

Booboostoo Tue 23-Jul-13 07:12:35

The best way to get a good dog is to go to a responsible breeder who breeds for temperament (and health), who keeps the puppies in similar conditions to your own (e.g. in the house with children), who has chosen really suitable parents (you should be able to meet at least the mother), and to then spend a lot of time socialising and training.

With a breed mix you have to ask the breeder why they chose to mix these two breeds, what they were hoping to achieve, why they chose the particular lines from each breed, etc. Unfortunately there is a bit of a fad for mixed breed dogs and some people breed them more for the money than the good of the breed and the people who end up owning them.

everlong Tue 23-Jul-13 01:34:28

Oh lovely. Both nice dogs.

Itsnotahoover Mon 22-Jul-13 20:59:08

My friend has this cross and it's a wonderful dog smile

oldandcrabby Mon 22-Jul-13 19:01:28

I have a bedlington/whippet cross, she is a great dog: gentle and loving. I live alone but she loves visitors and has to be discouraged from sitting on their knees. She is a bit intimidated by large dogs but she was attacked by a staffy cross when a young dog. She is a PAT dog and has just finished doing some phobic work.
She looks a bit like a cartoon dog or a mini deerhound smile. Her hound side predominates, she is not as feisty as my Bedlington, nor as bright but can run like the wind and recall goes out the window when she sights a squirrel, neighbour's cat etc. She lives quite happily with my cat but it is a very confident cat. She hardly sheds, is very healthy. I'm not claiming she is hypo-allergenic but very nearly. Very easy to groom, just a brush and check her nails; no tedious clipping like the Bedlington.
There are quite a few locally and I have not yet met one who is not a delight. Beware, if you go and visit you may fall in love!

blueblizz Mon 22-Jul-13 15:14:37

We are looking for a gentle small/medium family dog that is good with children and happy to go for walks. Our last dog was a lab/whippet/jack Russell cross and a great pet. Someone has a bedding ton/whippet pup and we were thinking it ticks many boxes. We are not in a rush but thinking we should see it. Anyone got one or have experience of these breeds as family pet? Thank you

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